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The Drake Women’s Basketball season came to a sudden end after losing to Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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The new “Beauty and the Beast” movie has left an impact on a student. Opinions Editor Jessie Spangler reviews the new movie and takes a look at Disney’s newest venture. Read more on page 3.

The Student Organizational Showcase put on by SAB will be happening tonight on Pomerantz Stage at 7 p.m. Seven organizations will be performing, including DU Spoken Word, El Ritmo Latino and Spoon University. This event is new to campus. Read more on page 6.

Drake Women’s Basketball advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade. The Bulldogs lost in the first round to Kansas State. Still, the team and its players broke several records and ended several program droughts. Read more on page 8.


20-week abortion ban makes its way to Iowa House for vote Katherine Bauer News Editor katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauerkatherine Abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy could become illegal in Iowa if a bill makes its way out of the Iowa House and is approved by the governor. Senate File 471 was approved in the Iowa Senate March 14. It passed 32-19 with support from all 29 House Republicans, two Democrats and one independent. “It’s a good compromise,” said junior Brooke Miller. “That’s why I agree with it a lot. I do fall more on the moderate side of the spectrum. I feel like it is a compromise. I don’t think it would’ve been able to pass without it. Republicans have majority control. But you still have those moderate republicans in Iowa.” Miller said she’s a republican who identifies as pro-choice. She said the bill allows early abortions to appeal to liberals and still limits them for conservatives. However, pro-choice advocates like Phoebe Clark said she does not think the bill is a compromise at all. “It looks like a compromise, but it’s really not,” the senior LPS major said. “We’ve seen in other states (especially Texas) that 20week bans have been the first in a series of more legislation that restricts abortion in different ways and makes it harder to access.”

Clark said the 20-week time frame begins at a woman’s last menstrual period not when she became pregnant. “(Women) probably won’t know they’re pregnant for a while,” Clark said. “The age of the pregnancy will be calculated from way before any fertilized egg was implanted in their uterine wall.” However, Miller said the bill looks to not only protect the life of unborn children but also the life of the mother. “It does limit your pro-choice abilities,” Miller said. “(However,) in a normal pregnancy, you should be making that decision before five months anyways in order for your life not to be at risk as a woman. After five months, you’ve made this decision whether or not you want to get an abortion, aside from rape victims, complications later on after five months, and aside from domestic abuse and minors.” Miller said abortions become riskier the longer a pregnancy goes on. The American Pregnancy Association said common side effects of various late-term abortion methods include nausea and cramping. More severe effects can include heavy or prolonged bleeding, blood clots and perforation of the uterus. “To learn if I have an abortion after a certain amount of time in a pregnancy, I may not be able to have kids again is a very concerning thought that I wish I would’ve known,” Miller said. “They need to be telling me that when I’m 15 (years old).”

Clark said she recognizes that abortions do become more dangerous later on in a pregnancy. However, she said women and their doctors should make that decision, not legislation. “(Doctors are) the experts on this issue, and they know how to keep people as safe and as healthy as possible,” Clark said. “Limiting abortion in this way just keeps doctors from doing their jobs.” Clark also said the bill won’t stop women from seeking abortions, which could lead to unsafe practices. “If people seeking abortion run out of time to get one legally, I’m sure some of them will attempt to self abort, which gets more difficult and dangerous as the pregnancy matures,” Clark said. “It is fairly likely that people in this situation will die or suffer serious health consequences.” Ryan Skotzke, a sophomore pro-life proponent, recognizes the concern that women will try to get abortions, even if they’re illegal. He said there is a different path to slowing and stopping the abortion rate. “If you come out and quickly ban it across the board, you’re not really solving anything,” Skotzke said. “I don’t want to see people terminating pregnancies at will, so you have to build a culture where you don’t have those unwanted pregnancies.” Skotzke said there are ways to build that type of culture. “I’m actually against placing restrictions on birth control,” Skotzke said. “A lot of Republicans are going to disagree

with me on this. But if you have easy access to birth control … it remains affordable, and maybe (we should) work on better sex education in schools ... if you can take these steps to minimize unwanted pregnancy, that will definitely keep the abortion rate down.” Recently, there have been low rates of abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 1.3 percent of abortions in 2013 were performed 21 weeks or later in a pregnancy. The vast majority of abortions, 91.6 percent, occurr in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Miller said the government should not have an unintended, negative effect with their decisions. “The risks are lower when you have Planned Parenthood who are experts in those fields and you’re not just having coat hanger abortions,” Miller said, “which is something you don’t want to encourage as a government.” Clark said she could see the legislation getting through to be signed into law by the governor. However, she said she hopes it won’t come to that. “It’s very possible,” Clark said, “but I’d much prefer for this to be killed in upcoming debates in the House.”

According to 2013 CDC data*,

20-29 -year-olds accounted for the majority of abortions.


the number of abortions performed at 13 weeks or less.

7.1% the number of abortions performed between 14-20 weeks.


the number of abortions performed after 21 weeks. *All data is from the 2013 study “Abortion Surveillance” conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


‘Listen, We Need to Talk’ sparks discussion of LGBT rights Drake Rhone Staff Writer drake.rhone@drake.edu @drakerhone Twenty-five students and faculty members met in Sussman Theater Monday night. They met with the authors of the book “Listen, We Need to Talk,” to discuss how to change opinions about LGBT rights. The authors, Dr. Brian F. Harrison from Northwestern University and Dr. Melissa R. Michelson from Menlo College, said that their research originated when they saw how public opinion on issues relating to LGBT rights were shifting. They said they started speculating on the cause of this shift. The bulk of the talk was focused on their hypothesis that opinions about a topic, such as marriage equality, could be changed by using a leader in a group that an

individual identifies with to ‘cue’ the target belief in that person. Harrison said that this tactic could be used to promote equality at Drake. “Drake students believe in equality,” Harrison said. “Drake students believe in inclusion. It’s a value that we all share. That can move people forward in a variety of things. Not just LGBT rights but other things as well.” Harrison gave an example. People could remind others that Iowa was one of the first states to allow marriage equality in the country. “(We say), ‘We’re a place that values the rights of small minority groups,’” Harrison said. “Anything to sort of cue a common identity in inclusion could be really powerful.” Michelson said she believes a problem in America right now is that no one is really talking about these issues with the other side. “For regular people like

Drake students, the application of this is to talk about this sort of thing with people and maybe bring in elite cues or maybe just share your opinion with people,” Michelson said. “Don’t be afraid to talk about contentious politics. Don’t cut yourself off. You’ve probably seen how we’re all dividing ourselves into red and blue camps, and we don’t talk to each other. We’re just getting more and more insulated in our little bubbles.” Michelson said change won’t come without that dialogue occurs. “Nobody’s minds are going to change if we don’t talk to each other,” Michaelson said. “We’re encouraging people to not do that. Talk to each other. Break through the bubble. Maybe you’ll change someone’s mind or maybe your mind will change.” During the talk, the two authors presented their successes and failures in testing their

various theories during the research phase of the book. They then fielded questions from the audience about their book and strategies, as well as giving advice to a few of the audience members on how to change public opinion in their own communities. While the authors spoke heavily of their identity cue process, they said that the strategy may not work for all issues, and they are finding new ways to affect opinions while writing their next book on transgender rights. “Our theory on LGBT rights doesn’t necessarily work on transgender rights,” Harrison said. “So we’re developing some new strategies that we think will be better at cuing support for transgender rights. We think that frankly the transgender identity is misunderstood. People don’t have enough information. A lot of people are just viscerally uncomfortable with transgender people, so talking about what you

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have in common probably isn’t going to work.” To make any significant change, Harrison said more than one group has to employ these various strategies to be successful. “I think that the burden of attitude change shouldn’t only be on the group that wants rights,” Harrison said. “Minority groups can’t just expect that their group can change policy. You need people that aren’t in that group to speak out. We can’t only speak out for rights that affect us and people like us, we have to think about other groups and reach out to other groups to say rights for other groups are important to.” Michelson agreed with Harrison on this point. “Rights for transgender people, rights for Muslims, those are small populations,” Michelson said. “The idea is that the burden shouldn’t be on groups to fight for their own rights, they need allies.”

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Mar. 22, 2017


Student Senate executive election candidates

Candidates responded to the question: “What top three goals/priorities do you hope to address during your term in office?” Answers edited for length.

Student Body President Deshauna Carter Sophomore, Psychology major

“My top three goals are: Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, Bystander Prevention, and Student Senate Accessibility. Serving as the equity and inclusion senator allowed me to work on a lot of initiatives that helped Drake’s campus become more inclusive of students from marginalized identities. I would plan on continuing that work because I feel Drake still has room to grow. One project I worked on was bystander prevention and I would like to expand that project. My hopes would be the entire student body is educated on how to no be a bystander in situations involving sexuality, gender, race, and religion. Lastly I want to make sure that student senate can be more accessible to the student body, so we can ensure that student concerns are being heard and handled as a priority.”

Nathan Paulsen

Sophomore, Economics and Politics major “... I believe that on campus and nationwide, we see a strong divide between people and opinions. As President, I want to put my efforts towards eliminating the divide and unite Drake students. No, this does not mean I am going to push a specific agenda of ideology. I will work with different organizations that may not normally partner together and bring them together to discuss real issues that are dividing campus. I want to utilize the President’s Council that includes RHA, Unity, IFC, Panhellenic Council members to meet more regularly and hold forums together to symbolize togetherness and allow students to ask these leaders, including myself, the tough questions. I also am currently working hard on the restructure of the Senate ... Lastly, I want to lead just as I always have. I consider myself a natural born leader ...”

Trevor Matusik

Junior, Data Analytics and Marketing major “For years, Drake has suffered from over-programming by student organizations and unawareness of campus activities from a large portion of the student body. The establishment of a Campus Calendar could remedy both of these problems ... My premier goal is to create a monthly/bimonthly/ semesterly public forum where Senate invites students to a location closer to them (Olmsted, Hubbell, etc.) to directly address and update the campus on Senate’s workings, goals, and objectives ... Should another instance of hate or tumult occur on campus again, it is imperative that, as representatives of the student body, Student Senate has a Campus Crisis Action Plan prepared and in place to quickly and efficiently assist/ aid the campus community’s well-being and mental health back to full strength.”

Vice President of Student Activities Anna Jensen Sophomore, News major

“My top three goals are enhanced community building, collaboration and inclusion. I really want to bring acts that promote diversity in a subtle way and reaffirm the idea that everyone is welcome and accepted and understood. I will work hard to make sure everyone feels that way through collaborating with multi-cultural organizations on campus and bringing acts that are lovable and different than ones in years past. I will do my very best to achieve this goal. Beyond those general goals, I want to introduce a new event: The “Last Lecture series.” This will encompass stories shared by seniors relaying their triumphs and regrets during college, and or something they would change or do if they were given more time at Drake.”

Vice President of Student Life Anna Gleason

Sophomore, Graphic Design major “... Under VP Kevin Kane, the 30th Session was able to create the sexual violence and hoc committee. I am the only sitting committee member with the intent of returning to senate and so my hope is that as VPSL I can continue to oversee the efforts of and sustain the current work being done by the (sexual violence ad hoc) committee ... I plan to enhance senate’s efforts of collaborating with other student organizations and fortify the relationship between the two. My committee throughout the 30th session has made a priority of collaborating with organizations like SAB, UNICEF, SAA, and La Fuerza Latina, to name a few, in our efforts ... Effective communication, transparency, and an improved relationship with the student body ... By both increasing senate’s visibility and enhancing our collaboration with other campus organizations, my intent is that the relationship between senate and the student body is less contentious.”


Matt Craven

Junior, Accounting and Finance major


“Invest back into the students. Keep the students aware of what their money is being spent on. Allow students to decide how a portion of the budget is allocated. I am qualified to achieve these goals because I have served as the Treasurer in another on campus organization and also have experience with budgeting and bookkeeping through various jobs I have held in the past.”

Nick Johnston

First-year, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology major “... I want to ensure that students on campus, particularly first-years, have adequate access to safety resources on our campus. This year I’ve been working with Drake Public Safety and other senators to ensure that the Rave Guardian app ... is well advertised, especially during Welcome Weekend. .... I want to promote close collaboration with organizations on campus and more actively encourage the senate to defer to groups with more knowledge when necessary. This year as First-Year Senator, I’ve made it a priority to rotate around to the first-year halls and ask for ideas ... As Vice President of Student Life, I will encourage the Senate to regularly retrieve feedback from organizations and/or individuals on campus as I have been doing personally in my position.”

Ava Witthauer

Junior, Marketing and Psychology major “I hope to create a clearer outline and yearly progress for all organizations in order for them to know exactly where they stand within their budgets at all times. This would likely be created through an online portal. At the beginning of each semester, I would like to create a seminar for all organizations to send a member to in order to explain the bylaws and regulations as well as ways to efficiently get as much funding as possible. I would also like to create a closer relationship between SFAC and senate in order to ensure that senate members understand exactly what goes into budgets as well as becoming more informed on voting for each request.”

Voting on Blueview starts March 23 at 8 a.m. until March 24 at 8 p.m. For full answers to this question and two others, head to bit.ly/senateelections for coverage of the 2017-18 Student Senate elections.

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March 22. 2017


Live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake leaves sophomore impressed

Jessie Spangler

Opinions Editor jessica.spangler@drake.edu @jessiespangler3 Disney has been on a live action remake kick lately, and it’s working for them. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Jungle Book” and “Maleficent” are all remakes of cartoon classics (with the exception of “Maleficent,” which is a spin on “Sleeping Beauty”). Disney released their latest live action remake, “Beauty on the Beast” this past weekend and it was stunning. I also could be biased, since “Beauty and the Beast” is one of my favorite Disney cartoons. Visually, the movie is great. The clothing matches the looks from the cartoon and the animation is beautiful. The furniture was better than I thought it could be. The storyline sticks closely with the older cartoon, plus fixes up some holes for us. More of Belle’s and the Beast’s backgrounds are explored, which clears up some of those childhood questions we had. The cast added muchneeded personality to each of their characters, especially the animated furniture. Honestly, the best part of the movie was watching the furniture interact and see how their relationships evolve between each other, Belle and the Beast.

The characters the furniture portrayed truly made them seem lifelike, and created a richer cast of characters that created much needed personality in the film, since Belle’s persona sometimes fell flat. The songs were great, although you can tell that Emma Watson’s parts were heavily auto tuned, which kind of stuck out amid the other amazing vocals. Watson doesn’t really have much experience with singing, and even though she had vocal training for the movie, it was still obvious that she wasn’t a naturally gifted singer. However, I have to appreciate her doing the best she could with what she had. The acting from her was spot-on for Belle, which, to me, is more important. I think that this film is a good move for Watson’s acting career, since it further estranges her from the character of Hermione from the “Harry Potter” movie series. I know some people still closely associate Watson with Hermione, and have a hard time seeing her as anything else. My favorite part from the movie, where the song “Be My Guest” was performed, was one of the best scenes in the movie. They captured the feeling from the cartoon and added more flair, which was cool to experience in a film that brings on nostalgia such as this one. The song itself sounded great, and the special effects were spectacular. The creators of “Beauty and the Beast” saw the opportunity for fantastic visual effects, and they just ran with it. A huge part of why the film was so good was because of the use of special effects and animation, threading a sense of magic throughout the entire film. If Disney had done a live remake of any other of their princess cartoons, I don’t think

it would have done as well, and that’s mostly because of the traits Belle possesses. She’s independent, intelligent and kind, and is the kind of role model that little girls need,

especially since she doesn’t play a typical damsel in distress. Disney fans of all ages will enjoy “Beauty and the Beast,” and even people who aren’t huge Disney lovers will enjoy it.

All in all, the cast was perfectly picked, the film was visually stunning and the overall plot was very close to the cartoon version.

“Beauty and the Beast” is Disney’s latest live action remake that has Emma Watson starring as Belle. PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FACEBOOK


Trump reveals new healthcare plan, student reflects on ‘rough draft’

Josh Hughes

Contributing Writer joshua.hughes@drake.edu @JoshHughesIA Last week, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan unveiled the long awaited GOP replacement to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare. Despite having a total of seven years to create a realistic policy

alternative to the ACA, and more than 50 votes to repeal the ACA, the Republican “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) is more of a rough first draft than a polished legislation. The specifics of the bill are somewhat in question, largely because House Republicans are choosing to rush into the process before conducting appropriate reviews from various nonpartisan analysts, including the Congressional Budget Office. However, from what we do know about the bill, it’s clear the GOP has a very simplistic and impersonal view of what role the government should play in healthcare. Instead of working to ensure that as many Americans as possible have access to afordable healthcare they can afford, the GOP plan would actually kick over 14 million Americans off their coverage by 2018. That number grows to

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21 million by 2020, and 24 million by 2026, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That’s more than the population of Iowa, eight times over. Also according to the CBO, the bill would result in a deficit reduction of approximately $350 billion over a 10-year period. So what’s the benefit of ripping insurance away from more than 24 million people? Deficit reduction is never a bad thing, especially in relatively strong economic times like these. However, it is worth asking where those reductions come from. The cuts come from a deep slashing of Medicaid and subsidies that help people get insurance to the tune of over $1.2 trillion. At the same time, the GOP plan would cut $900 billion worth of taxes, which lands us at about $300 billion in savings. The new tax cuts aren’t going

to help working families however. It comes from repealing taxes in high income-earners payroll tax, an annual net tax for wealthy Americans, and the elimination of certain taxes on health insurers. Long story short, the bill would slash services for the working class and poor folks (Medicaid, subsidies) in order to give another tax break to wealthy Americans and big insurance companies. It’s not hard to see why so many congressional leaders — including some unexpected figures — have come out against the bill. Sen. Tom Cotton, a conservative from blood-red Arkansas, has criticized the bill, along with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who objects that the bill would simultaneously defund Planned Parenthood. All in all, 12 Republican senators have publicly criticized the bill in its current form, and for good reason. A March 15 poll from Public

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March 22, 2017


Ed Sheeran continues to dominate, lead pop music with new album

Parker Klyn

Music Critic parker.klyn@drake.edu @KlynParker

On paper, Ed Sheeran shouldn’t be a pop star. He’s not strikingly handsome, his voice is only slightly distinct, and he refuses to adhere to mainstream pop trends; “The A Team” came out during the height of dubstep’s popularity, the acoustic “Thinking Out Loud” competed with impeccable pop confections like Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and his newest album, “÷,” is the antithesis to today’s ultrasaturated tropical house. Instead of smooth synthesized beats and lush soundscapes, the music of “÷” is focused on one thing: Sheeran’s identity. And as we’ve seen from huge pop statements like Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” how much the listener cares about the artist as a person goes a long way in determining how successful of a record it is. Admittedly, “÷” starts out clumsily. “Eraser” is mostly Sheeran rapping and reflecting on his fame, and while he’s shown great appreciation for hip-hop - he used to sing hooks for UK grime MCs, and Rick Ross hopped on a remix of “Don’t” - he’s not exactly Dizzee Rascal or Skepta with these bars.

It’s clear he wanted to make a statement, but it simply doesn’t come across well. Thankfully, much of the rest of the album sees Sheeran return to the pure, acoustic adult contemporary pop that we expect. “Dive” has the best vocal performance of the record. He sounds legitimately pained on the chorus when he sings “Don’t tell me you need me, if you don’t believe it.” “Galway Girl” is a romp of a track. He’s half rapping here too, but he’s telling a story. The fiddle on the hook is whimsically fun, and Sheeran’s story (meeting a good Irish girl in a Galway pub) reminded me of the folk songs heard in those very Irish pubs. It’s clear Sheeran’s Irish heritage is important to him; he references his parents multiple times on the record, and the fiddle appears again in a bonus track. Of course, Sheeran cut his teeth on likable, heartfelt ballads, and “÷” has its fair share. Album closer “Supermarket Ballads” is the best of these. It’s an ode to his late grandmother, softy produced with sweet piano and quietly swelling strings. The pre-chorus is powerful, especially coming from a generally risk-averse happy-go-lucky pop star: “I hope that I see the world as you did/ ‘Cause a life with love is a life well-lived.” It’s evocative of another great 2017 ballad from a British singer-songwriter: Sampha’s “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano,” which mourned his mother. The love songs are fun, if uninspired. Many of them are just a little bit too reminiscent of “Thinking Out Loud” (a song I found to be mostly unbearable), but Sheeran thankfully ditches the generic pining and sticks to the joyous highs and heartbreaking lows of love. “What Do I Know” is the most surprising song on “÷,” not because it tackles social issues,

but because it actively ignores them. Sheeran sings about how it’s okay to use music and art as a little bit of escapism. The revolution might be coming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t listen to some pop and have a good time. Overall, “÷” sees Sheeran at his most likable with an endearing mix of personal stories and relatable escapades as youth with freedom. One of the lead singles from the album, “Castle on the Hill,” evokes the driving pop of stadium bands like U2

Aesthetics are popular on social media

Emily Larson

Fashion Columnist emily.larson@drake.edu @emj_larson

The newest trend—not specific to fashion or beauty—is having an “aesthetic.” Your aesthetic is a collection of things that define the way you present yourself to the rest of the world. An aesthetic can include a palette of colors that are the most present in your life, usually displayed through social media. Instagram is a huge platform for users to show off their aesthetic. An example of an aesthetic would be semi-famous photographer Brandon Woefel; his is string lights. Another example is first-year student Blake Wilcox, her aesthetic is anything astronomical, like stars and constellations. One of the most popular trends are cacti. Tiny little succulents make a space immediately hipper. They do not need a lot of care, so of course they attract on-the-go

now have three pop songs in the Billboard top 10. Hailee Steinfeld burst onto the scene as an Oscarnominated child actor; “Starving” almost made it to the top of the charts. Sheeran made a name for himself crafting heartfelt acoustic pop, and he’s still doing it. The only difference now is that he’s doing it better than anyone else.

Ed Sheeran’s new album contains heartfelt lyrics based off of personal experiences. PHOTO COURTESY OF EDSHEERAN.COM


people. I noticed the cactus craze beginning around last summer. The small desert plant can be placed in quaint plant holders or in clear hanging terrariums. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Some are man-shaped, some look like doughnuts and some look like blooming lotus flowers. Some have sharp spikes all over while some are smooth without any painful prickles. If you are interested in joining the cactus club but are not sure where to start, Pinterest is the place for you. The website contains a vast database of ideas for interior decorating. The collection of “aesthetic” boards provided by Pinterest can make the search overwhelming. To help, make your search specific in wording. I love flowers, they are one of my favorite things.

and Coldplay, and I mean that in the best way possible; the song is mournful and nostalgic and funny and relatable all at once. Everybody has their own domain that just feels like home, and Sheeran’s able to channel those feelings well. In expressing that sentiment, Sheeran sets himself apart from his superstar peers by not just referencing his origins, but seeming like he still hasn’t quite left them. The Chainsmokers started out making meme-worthy EDM; they

Honestly, I would rather get a cute little succulent than a bouquet. So, next time you are thinking of buying flowers for your date or someone after a performance, bring them a cactus instead. What do you do when a room smells like burnt popcorn? Or if your bath needs a little ambiance? You light a candle. They can either be without scent and purely for decoration or could be the Bath & Bodyworkskind that emit very strong scents like “Japanese Cherry Blossom” and “Bergamot Waters.” Candles are a relatively inexpensive way to make the whole world seem a little nicer. They soften the light, and they soften the smell of any room. Target is my favorite place to go for candles. The aisle has a wide range from sweet pea, cinnamon bun and a huskier smoked firewood. Whether you have an aesthetic or not, appreciating interior decorations like cacti and candles is something for everyone. They add that spark of homey-ness to any room. Interior design can also be incorporated into your social media to further express yourself. Photography and knowing how to artfully compose your shots are valuable when building an aesthetic on social media. No matter what you’re interested in, you can create an aesthetic off it.

05 | features

March 22, 2017


Anderson Gallery holds 46th annual ‘Juried Student Exhibition’ Anna Jensen Features Editor anna.jensen@drake.edu @annaxjensen Each year, the Anderson Gallery hosts the “Juried Student Exhibition,” an art competition compromised solely of student artwork. An outside critic, or juror, analyzes all the pieces submitted and gives out awards for first, second and third place. Sixteen students submitted, which totaled 77 pieces. The artwork will be on display in the gallery until Sunday, March 26. “The works in the exhibition are evidence of the discipline, practice and devotion that went into realizing them,” said the juror, Alison Ferris, in a statement featured in a booklet given out in the Anderson Gallery. Junior painting and psychology double major, Madeline Snell, sold one of her pieces to a buyer who asked to remain anonymous. The buyer saw it on display in the Anderson Gallery opening day. “I just walked into the opening of the exhibit and the director came up to me and told me my sculpture sold. The first thing I did was call my mom,” Snell said. “I have never sold a piece before. I mean, I’ve made painting for friends, but nothing like this. To have a stranger want to buy (my art) is pretty great.” Snell named the sculpture “Freedom Ring,” because of the importance of free speech. Snell claimed it was her most acclaimed sculpture because it had received many compliments prior to it entering the show. Her other piece of artwork displayed in the exhibit is a painting entitled “Birth.” The symbolism in the piece pertains to Snell’s past. “Since I am in psychology and painting, I was looking at brain scans,” Snell said. “I thought, ‘I’ll just paint a brain scan,’ but once

I got back to Drake, my professor was saying that she always sees brain imagery in art and that it is kind of overrated.” To distinguish her brain scan painting, Snell flipped the brain scan vertically and, since the brain was painted on the canvas horizontally, it gave the art a whole new form. Then, she outlined countries her family has traveled to in bright colors all over the canvas, adding a personal touch. Snell had submitted artwork to the gallery the past two years, but was denied both times. “As an art student, it’s a question of ‘Why wouldn’t you submit?’” Snell said. “It’s a great opportunity that really prepares you for the real world.” Another art major, who is working towards a BFA in painting, Katie Jensen, won second place for her painting “Atropa, belladonna.” “I was surprised to have my painting place 2nd place in the show. It is pretty exciting to know that other people are interested or inspired by my artwork,” Jensen said. “Being recognized for my art makes me feel like I am doing what I should be doing.” Jensen was also in the involved in this competition last year. She plans on finding a art related job after she graduates. “I have been creating artwork since I have been able to hold a crayon, and I plan on making art until I die,” Jensen said. Many of the students who submitted artwork are art majors, but junior artist Lindsay Fiegle is a public relations major who recently added graphic design minor and she submitted two paintings from her drawing one class. Last semester was the first time Fiegle had ever painted, since drawing one is a prerequisite for her minor. Both of the pieces she submitted were accepted to be a part of the show. “I am enjoying this new form

of art,” Fiegle said. “I’ve liked what I am learning in these studio classes.” Her two pieces, “Lineage” created with oil pastels and “Soundtrack,” created in conte crayon, were both works from class that her professor encouraged her to submit. “‘Lineage’ was my final project (for Drawing one),” Fiegle said. “Mine depicts the light actually coming through Sheslow’s windows.” The windows are meaningful to her because of her involvement in the Drake Choir. “I spend three afternoons a week watching the light fade in,” Fiegle said. “Plus, our director talks a lot about standing on the shoulders that came before us.

That’s where (the name) ‘Lineage’ came from.” Her other drawing, “Soundtrack,” was an assignment done for class on abstraction. The students were to find a collage of images and piece them together in a unique way, Fiegle said. “The piece is dreamlike, in that it is a collage of a woman’s face, lights and a building that is coming up from behind her face to give it a stark contrast,” Fiegle said. While art tends to be personal to those creating it, often it can be seen in varied perspectives depending on how the beholder approaches it. “It can be hard to know the artist’s back story,” Fiegle said. “Basically, what you have is what’s

on the wall. But I don’t necessarily think that means there’s a lack of understanding. I’m a big believer that once you give your art to the world, you don’t get to say what it should mean to everyone.” Snell holds a similar belief. Many people had told her what they thought her sculpture resembled: some thought it was a bell, a spider web or a flower. The Anderson Gallery is free and open to the public from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Center. “Student work is so incredible, even as we are learning and developing,” Fiegle said. “There are so many emotions and thoughts and talents on display for everyone, and I encourage

“FREEDOM RING”, pictured above, is a sculpture created by junior Madeline Snell. The piece is being displayed in the Anderson Gallery as part of the “Juried Students Exhibition” until March 26. PHOTO BY ANNA JENSEN | FEATURES EDITOR



International Student Association Water polo on campus Community within Drake open to all students

Emily Larson Contributing Writer emily.larson@drake.edu @emj_larson Kaitlin Lacek is from Illinois. Vivian Cao is from Ecuador. Daniel Friedrich is from Austria. Ee Kean Kew is from Malaysia. All students are part of Drake University’s Interntional Student Association (ISA). Students in the group made it clear that ISA is not just for international students, but it is an all-inclusive organization. The group’s goal is to bring together Drake students who are native to the United States and students from other countries in a welcoming, fun environment. “It’s so much fun. Don’t be afraid,” Lacek said. “As a student who is not international, it could seem intimidating to just jump into a group that’s called International Students Association, but don’t be afraid. Just do it.” According to its Facebook page, ISA’s mission states “The vision of the International Students Association at Drake University is to effectively, efficiently and timely execute ideas and projects beneficial to all international students, in accordance to University policies, while bridging the gap between international students and domestic students.” Kew has been the president of the organization since the fall. He had been a member of the organization since his junior year. He decided to run for office last April and won. “Usually people can sign up during the activities fair. We also

get our new student contacts from the International Office so we would reach out to them through email.” Kew said. ISA does not require its almost 700 members to pay any dues. It is a free organization. The organization does not have any meetings for the entire group to go to, but cultural liaisons meet as a smaller team to plan events and announcements.

“(ISA is) a good community of people. They always have really fun, interesting events. ... Just being involved in an international community and seeing different perspectives is why I joined (ISA).” Kaitlin Lacek ISA Member

ISA holds various cultural events throughout the year that anyone can attend. One of the group’s most highlu attended event is International Night. “It’s held in fall semester every year, (and) it’s one of our biggest events,” Kew said. “It’s basically just a cultural performance night; so we have food, singing, dancing and shows. ... we sell tickets to the public.” ISA is the at the center of all the other multicultural groups on campus. It is a way for students to connect with not only people of their own culture, but other cultures and groups at Drake.

The group has student ambassador positions to represent different regions of the world. Lacek is the North American regional ambassador, and Lin is the East Asian regional ambassador. They serve as liaisons to other multicultural organizations on campus. “Each regional ambassador has a couple organizations on campus that they specifically reach out to,” Lin said. “For example, as East Asian ambassador I reach out to the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Malaysian Student Association, and Japanese Club.” The student ambassadors emphasized how important it is to get involved with the international communities of Drake. “(ISA is) a good community of people. They always have really fun, interesting events. It has some of the best people at Drake.” Lacek said. “Just being involved in an international community and seeing different perspectives is why I joined ISA.” The students who are a part of the organization joined because they were passionate the people and the community it created within Drake. “It was a way to get directly involved with the international community,” Lin said. “ISA has shown me the diverse and tight knit community of international students. ... It fosters the environment for students to get to know each other,” Lin said.

Caroline Hogan Contributing Writer caroline.hogan@drake.edu @carrotlinehogan It’s hard to believe that the sport that has led to scars and bloodshed is none other than innertube water polo; the intramural sport that is taking Drake University by storm. “It’s a very aggressive sport,” junior Julietta Marty said. “I got a really bad cut on my arm that is still here even though it’s been weeks. It was bleeding all over the place. Also, another girl had her earring ripped out.” Marty has been playing the sport with her sorority since it was first introduced last fall. There are sorority, fraternity, open and co-ed leagues that players can join to play in. Each team has five players in the pool including a goalie. The game consists of two, 14-minute halves. The players are placed in an innertube and use a volleyball to throw around the pool. The objective of the game is to toss the ball a the net at either end of the pool. The premise is similar to soccer, only it’s played in a pool and players are free to use their hands. “With the Drake innertube water polo games, they have a rule where you’re allowed to dunk people, so it’s a little more aggressive than I think people assume,” Marty said. “But, that’s what makes it fun. It’s so different.” That was Jordan Grindeland’s idea when he first implemented the games at Drake — to make a fun and new experience. Grindeland heads the intramural leagues at Drake.

“In my undergrad, my boss decided to bring it to my school. I played and it was so much fun,” Grindeland said. “I wanted to give a unique opportunity for Drake students, something completely out of their element but still a lot of fun, and since we implemented it here, it has really taken off.” Grindeland administers the intramural program for all students, creates and schedules the sports, does the marketing for it all and gets the teams together. He also hires, trains and schedules officials. That is how Samantha Simon began as a referee for water polo this past semester. “I think the thing that’s really unique about innertube water polo is that not many people have played before,” Simon said. “With our other sports, people have some level of experience. But with water polo there is usually a level playing field. That way you get to see the true athletes come out.” Since it began at Drake, innertube water polo has really taken off. The new sport is praised as a unique experience for its players, as well as the exercise and competition that it provides. “It’s always great for Drake students to try something new, and I think for those who did do water polo this year, they really took a chance on something they haven’t done before,” Grindeland said. “It’s been fantastic to see people make that leap and to see them making connections. And even hearing them talking about it on the soccer fields or basketball court, hearing them say how cool innertube water polo is, is such a great feeling.”

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March 22, 2017



Humans of Drake Many benefits to student-led Math Lab

The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Hannah Thomas • Sophomore Magazine and Writing major

Alejandra Diaz Contributing Writer alejandra.diaz@drake.edu

When a student is struggling in a class, seeking tutoring can be discouraged by peers, as tutoring is often associated as being a sign of struggle. At Drake University, the Math Lab offers students the service of helping one another through an angle of mentorship, rather than just tutoring. “It’s not like some outside person is coming in and telling you, ‘This how you do that,’” said Campus Engagement Librarian Samantha Becker. “It’s literally students helping each other. For the type of community we’re trying to create at Drake, I think it’s awesome.” As of Feb. 6, Math Lab has reopened its doors to students, welcoming walk-ins and scheduled appointments for help with math assignments. Math Lab is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Appointments can be made online by accessing the following link: library.drake.edu/mathtutoring/. What makes Math Lab unique from other tutoring options

is how students with strong backgrounds in mathematics are encouraged to help their fellow classmates by working as paid tutors in Math Lab. “The goal is that we want to help students understand the material, not just give them the answers,” said assistant professor of mathematics and Math Lab supervisor Milan Sherman. Currently, 16 tutors are working in Math Lab. In order to be eligible to become a Math Lab tutor, students are required to take a semester-long course at Drake in which they will learn efficient tutoring techniques. “The point of the class is to help them understand how to better assist students in understanding the mathematics,” Sherman said. Potential Math Lab tutors are also required to spend time in the lab shadowing current tutors in order to gain experience with fellow Drake students. Although Math Lab is a resource offered at Drake, many students are unaware that it exists and is available to them. “Ultimately, what we want students to know is that there is a Math Lab, that we are here and we’re here to help,” said senior Math Lab tutor Meghan Stevens. Math Lab has made an effort of spreading information about its services by having tutors visit

every math class in the beginning of the semester and passing out fliers to students with information about the program. Last year, Math Lab was located in Meredith since a majority of Drake’s math classes were taught there. This year, it was moved to Cowles Library to join some of the other tutoring services provided to students. Students can find Math Lab in the lower level of Cowles Library by going through the main entrance, down the stairs and through the doors located on the right. Along with Math Lab, tutoring for Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry are offered as well. Students can also get help with speaking or writing by visiting the Speaking Center and Writing Workshop, which are also located in the lower level of Cowles Library near Math Lab. “It’s definitely been a big change, but I do think it was a good move for what we’re trying to do,” Stevens said. “Students who are in the library working on math homework can conveniently come down to us for any help they need.” For more information on tutoring at Drake, visit Cowles Library’s website: drake.edu/ libraries/


Student Showcase new to campus Natalie Larimer Staff Writer natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

Student practices witchcraft, found communities within Des Moines, Drake, internet Haley Hodges Staff Writer haley.hodges@drake.edu

“Practicing witchcraft is something that is very personal; everybody does something different that kind of fits their lifestyle and what they need,” said Hannah Thomas, a sophomore majoring in magazines and writing. “I tend to focus on my personal energy. I do a lot of tarot readings, which give me insights to my life, giving me a window where I can view my life from an outside standpoint. I use herbs and essential oils to cleanse myself or, if I get stressed, to help me relax. I practice meditations and I do rituals on the Sabbaths, both greater and minor, as well as the full moons.” Thomas began identifying as a witch after being inspired by meeting someone who practiced Wicca. She made the shift about two years ago, but said she always had a connection to it. Thomas said that her mother had practiced Wicca before she was born. Her mother has since shifted back to Christianity after meeting Thomas’ father, but she kept crystals and gemstones around the house and maintained some of the original beliefs. Her parents have since divorced, however, which became a point of contention within their family’s church. “During those three years, I completely turned away from the Christian faith because of the way the church reacted to the circumstances that led to my parents’ separation,” Thomas said. “You’re taught growing up that church is supposed to be this family and they’re supposed to be there for you and your connection

to God is supposed to tie you to these people and then something happens in your life and they completely cut you out because of something your parents did ... that shakes your faith and you begin to question things.” She’s since found a new kind of community through others who practice witchcraft. “I do a lot of online communing, which sounds weird,” Thomas said, “But I’m a part of two online covens where we meet up and discuss where we are in our paths.” As a student, Thomas said she still finds she’s able to practice witchcraft relatively easily. “It doesn’t have as big of an impact as you might think. Probably the biggest problem is that you can’t have candles in a dorm and I love burning candles when I’m doing a ritual or burning candles when I study,” Thomas said. “The way I’ve found to get around that is LED candles are, like, a godsend.” Another concern as a practicing witch in college is finding accepting roommates, something Thomas said she has been grateful for. “I got really lucky because last year I had a roommate who was very understanding and this year my roommate actually practices as well,” Thomas said. Thomas said she and her roommate are able to practice some rituals together, though their individual worship and focus tend to differ. “I practice mostly solitary witchcraft, which means it’s very inward focused and about finding your own way and meeting up with others when you have a question or want to try something new,” Thomas said. “That’s one of things about witchcraft, it’s less formal communing, but in many respects it’s closer.”

The Student Activities Board (SAB) is sponsoring the first annual Student Organizational Showcase on March 22 at 7 p.m. “This event is geared to appreciate the variety of clubs and activities we have on campus, as well as to encourage the student body to get involved whenever possible,” SAB Campus Impact Co-Chair Elsa Asri said. The showcase will feature many Drake-sponsored groups. “We started reaching out to various organizations on campus,” Asri said. “We wanted the event to be as inclusive and diversified as possible. That’s why we have a wide range of performers from different backgrounds, including some multicultural organizations.” Organizations that will be showcased range from acapella group The Brocal Chords to the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) to the South Asian Student Association (SASA). The program was a part of president of SAB Nick Jenderko’s running platform. Now that he won the presidency, he is excited to get the programs started. “It’s really exciting that a piece of my platform is being accomplished. However, it was all thanks to (Campus Impact Co-Chairs) Elsa and Elena,” Jenderko said. “They worked so hard to plan this event and have done a fantastic job carrying it out.” This event is part of an initiative from SAB to include more Drake organizations in its events this year. “We would like the student body to have fun for an evening getting to know the various organizations on campus and perhaps even get involved with these organizations in the future,” Asri said. “This event is geared to appreciate the variety of clubs and activities we have on campus, as well as to encourage the student body to get involved whenever possible.” In including the organizations, students are able to see what Drake has to offer and also see if they would like to join any of the featured organizations. The SAB Student Showcase is

a chance for varied organizations to come together for one event, something that is rare for Drake to host. “I, for one, am looking forward to just having fun and seeing all these organizations come together and show just how amazing and vibrant Drake’s student body is,” Asri said. From the diversity of the organizations involved, the showcase aims to make students realize how diverse Drake’s campus is. The showcase will be a collection of five- to eight-minute performances from the various organizations. It is to be held at Pomerantz

Stage in Olmsted. Each performance will be by a specific student organization and will be an opportunity to show the student body the different kinds of clubs and teams there are on campus. The only other opportunity students have to see these clubs in one space is the activities fair at the beginning of each semester, but this program will have the clubs show what they actually do. “I think it’ll be an awesome way to really bring organizations and the student body together and provide a sense of unity on campus,” Jenderko said. “I hope this event is the start of a longstanding tradition at Drake.”

THE STUDENT SHOWCASE is new to campus this year. It was introduced as an idea one year ago when current president Nick Jenderko shared it during his campaign platform. IMAGE COURTESY OF JORDAN LUNDQUIST

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Men’s Tennis tops Harvard, goes Women’s Tennis wins two of three 4-2 in last six matches

BAYO PHILIPS got back on the winning side of things with a match-clinching win on March 18 over Harvard. The victory ended a six-game losing skid for the junior. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR

FRESHMAN Alex Kozlowski won her first career match last weekend. She is now 1-10 in collegiate competition. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR

Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

The Drake men’s tennis team was busy over spring break, although the student-athletes still got to travel. After playing three matches in Michigan — two wins over Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, a loss to no. 10 University of Michigan —between March 10 and 12, they headed to California for the San Diego Spring Break Tournament. Play on the west coast opened against the hosts, the University of San Diego, on March 16. The Bulldogs took the doubles point, but faltered thereafter. Junior Calum MacGeoch was the only Drake player to win his singles match — 6-0, 6-2. Sophomore no. 1 Vinny Gillespie’s match remained unfinished as the other four Bulldogs lost, giving San Diego

the victory. Drake took on the University of Arizona the next day. MacGeoch and junior Ben Wood won a tiebreaker in doubles to give Drake the first point of the day. It was the Bulldogs’ top players who earned the team win thereafter — Drake lost on courts 4-6, but won on 1-3. Gillespie, currently ranked 61st in the nation, won on the first court. His match was one of four to go to three sets. Sophomore Tom Hands won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 on the third court, which tied the team match up at three points apiece. It came down to a cruising MacGeoch on the second court. His win streak was at three since returning from a shoulder injury on March 10. He came back for his fourth straight victory 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) to give Drake the win. Drake finished the tournament with a win over Harvard on March 18. It was head coach Davidson Kozlowski’s 100th win since he

started at Drake in 2012. It came down to the wire again. This time, Drake got points throughout the lineup. Gillespie won his third straight on the first court to improve to 13-2 on the season. That gave Drake a 2-0 lead after winning the doubles point in two tiebreakers. Hands followed with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win of his own on the third court, giving DU the match point. However, MacGeoch and Wood fell soon after, bringing Harvard within one. Junior Bayo Philips was the one who secured it for the Bulldogs. He’d been struggling as of late, having lost six straight matches, but snapped the streak with a three-set win that closed in a tiebreaker: 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5). The Bulldogs return to the court tonight to face the University of Nebraska at home. They will travel this weekend, scheduled to take on Cornell University on March 25 in Ithaca, New York.

Drake Women’s Tennis wasn’t all too busy over spring break. Drake only played three matches and even had a full week off. The rest seems to have paid off. After losing the first match 4-1 on the road to Saint Louis University on March 10, the Bulldogs turned it around on the 12th and 19th with wins over Eastern Illinois University and Gustavus Adolphus College. It started off well against SLU. The Bulldogs won the doubles point, but that would be it for them. They lost on courts 3-6, while junior Summer Brills’ and senior Tess Herders’ matched remained unfinished. Two days later at home against Eastern Illinois, Drake got off on the wrong foot. The Panthers won the doubles point, but their lead wouldn’t last long.

Sophomore Joely Lomas tied the match with a straight-set win on court three. Herder gave Drake the lead with a court two victory. Sophomore Kenya Williams put DU up 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on the fourth court. Junior Mela Jaglarz and freshman Alex Kozlowski fell on the fifth and sixth courts, leaving the decision up to Brills on court no. 1. She succeeded with two tiebreaker set wins, not needing a third set to win the match for Drake. Drake made Gustavus Adolphus a week later. Kozlowski picked up her first career win, a two-setter on the fifth court, after starting the season 0-10. Brills won the clinching match, 6-2, 7-5 on the first court. She is now 7-2 on the season. The only Bulldog with a better record is Herder at 7-1. Drake’s next match is scheduled for March 25 at home vs. Upper Iowa University.


No Newman sets Bulldogs back, Wichita State sweeps Softball Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

The Drake softball team really started to feel the loss of ace pitcher Nicole Newman last weekend. Newman, a junior who was named conference Freshman of the Year in 2015 and Pitcher of the Year last year, has missed the last 15 games with an injury. This has left pitching duties to junior Kailee Smith and freshman Aryka Knoche. Still, each has performed well under the increased workload. Before Newman’s injury, Smith had an ERA of 6.21. Since, it’s increased to 4.61. However, her record was 3-2 the last time Newman pitched on Feb. 24; now it’s 7-8. Knoche’s ERA has held steady since, going from 8.65 to 8.49. That’s not to say she hasn’t pitched well, because she surely has had good performances. In Drake’s first game during spring break, Smith threw a complete game and only gave up three runs, one of which was unearned. The unearned run is what decided the game, however. The Bulldogs hitters struggled against the University of Missouri Kansas City on March 10. They got on the board quickly when freshman Sarah Maddox plated junior Tasha Alexander in the first inning, but UMKC tied it

in the second. In the top of the fifth, second baseman Kelsey Wright committed a two-out error that allowed the leading run to score for the Kangaroos. Another couple hits in the sixth inning gave UMKC a tworun lead. In the bottom of the inning, Maddox homered with two outs for her second RBI of the day. In the top of the seventh, UMKC nearly scored again, but Alexander threw out a Kangaroo runner trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run to end the inning. Freshman Mandi Roemmich doubled with one out for the Bulldogs, but two quick outs ended the game as a loss for Drake. It was an opposite story that afternoon when Drake blew out the University of WisconsinGreen Bay Phoenix. The Bulldogs tallied six extrabase hits, including another Maddox homer, to win 11-3. Maddox now has eight home runs on the year. Knoche picked up her second win of the season. She pitched 5.1 innings, surrendered three runs on nine hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. Smith came in as relief in the sixth and made quick work of the final five batters, striking out four of them and not allowing any of them to reach base. The Bulldogs trounced in-state

rival University of Iowa two days later. Smith threw a six-inning complete game and only gave up one run. The game was called early by mercy rule as the Bulldogs plated their 11th run in the top of the sixth. Senior Megan Sowa led the way. She went 3-4 with a double and a grand slam. She was named as the Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week on March 20. Smith and Alexander both homered as well. The following weekend, the Wichita State Shockers terminated the Bulldogs’ twogame win streak in the first Missouri Valley Conference series of the season. In the first game of a doubleheader on March 18 in Wichita, the Shockers won 10-0 in five innings. Drake only had one hit and four total baserunners in the game. Smith threw the first inning and gave five runs. She was replaced in the second by Knoche, who gave up another five in three innings of work. The second game of the doubleheader was much closer, but still ended in a DU loss. Drake was in control early. Sowa hit an RBI triple in the first inning and scored after WSU’s pitcher was penalized for an illegal pitch. The Bulldogs scored two more in the third when Smith hit a tworun homer that scored Sowa.

It was 5-0 after the fourth after Roemmich scored Alexander on an RBI-double. After that, Drake would only record one more hit in the game. Through four innings, Smith had only given up three hits, but had walked the bases loaded in the third. In the bottom of the fifth, the Shockers finally got on the board with a pair of runs off of two hits and a fielder’s choice. Three hits, including a homer, and a DU error in the bottom of the sixth tied the game at five. The game went into extra innings, with Smith still on the mound. Wichita scored the walkoff run in the bottom of the eighth on an error. The series closed the next day with an 8-4 win for Wichita State. Smith pitched another complete game, bring her total innings pitched to 28.3 in 10 days and 14.1 total against Wichita State alone. Drake will be on the road for the next four games: tonight at Creighton University and a three-game conference series at Southern Illinois University over the weekend. The home opener is scheduled for noon on April 1, the first of a three-game series against MVC-opponent Indiana State University.

March 10 — Lawrence, KS U of Miss. Kansas City Drake


3 9 0 2 4 1

Smith (6-5): CG, 9H, 2ER, 0K Maddox: 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R

March 10 — Lawrence, KS Drake U of Wisc. Green Bay


11 14 1 3 9 11

Knoche (2-1): 2ER, 2K, 3BB Alexander: 2-4, 4R, RBI, 3B

March 12 — Lawrence, KS Drake Iowa


11 12 0 1 6 1


Smith (7-5): CG, 6H, BB, K Sowa: 3-4, 4RBI, 2R, HR

March 18 — Wichita, KS Drake Wichita State



0 11 10 8 1

Smith (7-6): 1IP, 4H, 5R, K Knoche: 3IP, 6BB, 2HBP

March 18 — Wichita, KS Drake Wichita State



5 10 3 6 10 1

Smith (7-7): CG, 3ER, 6BB Smith: 2-3, 2RBI, R, BB

March 19 — Wichita, KS Drake Wichita State


4 5 3 8 13 3

Smith (7-8): 6IP, 13H, 7ER, K Roemmich: 3-3, R, RBI, BB

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March 22, 2017


Spellbound: Women’s Basketball’s magical season over MVC-Champion Bulldogs eliminated by K-State in first round of NCAA Tournament

SOPHOMORE NICOLE MILLER high-fives teammates during Drake’s regular-season conference-sealing win over Northern Iowa, the team the Bulldogs went on to defeat in overtime in the MVC Tournament Championship. The conference championship was Drake’s 28th win of the season, tying a program record set three decades ago. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

It’s finally over. After 22 consecutive wins and a perfect conference season, Drake Women’s Basketball’s season was ended by the Big 12’s Kansas State Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “We all kind of wanted to make a run in the tournament...” senior Lizzy Wendell said. “None of us have had that experience before.” The final score was 67-54. Drake’s offense was disrupted early and often by the Wildcats’ defense. It was the first time any current Bulldog has appeared in the NCAA Tournament. It was also Jennie Barancyzk’s first appearance as a head coach, although she’s been to the big dance both as a player and assistant coach. “I couldn’t ask for a better senior season,” Caitlin Ingle said. “It’s been beyond my wildest expectations. It was an incredible way to go out. Of course, you don’t want to lose in the first round. But you’re going to lose at some point, most teams do.” During the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, the Bulldogs had played their best coming out of halftime. In Drake’s three postseason games before the NCAA

Tournament, the Bulldogs won the third quarters combined 8038. Against K-State, Drake lost the period 13-10. With one-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs trailed by 15. They didn’t bother trying to extend the game via intentional fouling. When the Bulldogs last appeared in the NCAA in 2007, they were eliminated in the first round as well. The Bulldogs were paced by Wendell’s 17 points. Freshman Becca Hittner had 13 and sophomore Sammie Bachrodt finished with 10. Ingle had seven assists and a pair of steals, but only scored four points. This came a game after Ingle led the Bulldogs to an MVC Championship by scoring 22 points, including a buzzer beater that forced overtime. She was named MVC Tournament MVP. Even with the season concluded, the 2016-17 Drake Women’s Basketball season was remarkable. It was the first time an MVC women’s team has gone undefeated in conference play. The Bulldogs’ final record (28‑4) tied the highest win total in program history, the most since 1982. Next year, the Bulldogs will lose three seniors to graduation: Wendell, Ingle and Cortni Rush. “The one thing that we kind of relied on all season was the depth that we have. Everyone

Lizzy Wendell

• 2,551 career points — Third most in MVC, Drake history • Fourth Bulldog with 2,000 or more career points • 2017 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year • Second player to earn MVC scoring title three seasons in a row — the first was Jackie Stiles • Most consecutive games (102) with 10-plus points • Averaged 21 PPG as a senior, led the MVC

sees the court and has playing time,” Wendell said. “… That really helped us in the (MVC) Tournament this year.” Ingle’s 1,024 career assists is more than any other Drake or MVC player ever. She was only 2.3 assists per game short of averaging a double-double in 2016-17. “It’s honestly surreal for me,” Ingle said. “It’s very humbling, obviously. But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I got to play with Lizzy (Wendell) for four years; I don’t have that record if I’m not playing next to one of the most prolific scorers.” Wendell graduates as the third highest scorer in Drake and MVC history with 2,251 career points. She was also the conference’s MVP in 2016-17 and is the second MVC player ever to average 20plus points per game for three seasons. The first player to do that was Jackie Stiles, for whom the MVC’s MVP award is named. “We definitely do have some big shoes to fill,” Hittner said. Among those pieces are Hittner, the reigning MVC Freshman of the Year, and Sara Rhine, who won the award last year. Three Bulldogs who averaged double-digit scoring in 201617 will return, as will current redshirt-sophomore Becca Jonas, who led the MVC in field-goal percentage this year. Hittner finished in third in that category.

Records, firsts and snapped streaks 22-game win streak is the longest in conference and program history. First unbeaten conference season in MVC history. 28-win season ties Drake Women’s Basketball program record, set in the 1978-79 and 1981-82 seasons. Ranked by the AP Poll for the first time since 2001. Peaked at no. 19 in USA Today Poll for the week of March 6-12. Drake’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007, 11th berth in program history. Drake’s first outright MVC regular season championship since 1999-2000. Drake’s first MVC Tournament Championship since 2006-07, sixth in program history.

Caitlin Ingle

• 786 career assists, most in MVC and in Drake history • Averaged 10.8 PPG, 7.6 APG as a senior

Becca Hittner

• MVC Freshman of the Year — Fourth consecutive Bulldog to win the award, 10th ever

Cortni Rush

• Graduates with 219 points and 208 rebounds in career

Jennie Baranczyk

• Wins MVC Coach of the Year Award for the first time • Second DU women’s coach to lead a 28-win team PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR AND JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

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